Glossary:Person seeking work but not immediately available

Persons seeking work but not immediately available are the sum of persons aged 15-74 neither employed nor unemployed who:

  • are actively seeking work during the last 4 weeks but not available for work in the next 2 weeks;
  • found a job to start in less than three months and are not available for work in the next 2 weeks;
  • found a job to start in three months or more;
  • are passively seeking work during the last 4 weeks and are available for work in the next 2 weeks.

Passive job search is e.g. waiting the results of a job interview. The first of those 4 groups is the biggest by far. The three latter groups are included in this indicator for completeness as they are not ILO unemployed but have many common characteristics with people in the first group. This indicator describes jobless people who do not qualify for recording as unemployed because of their limited availability to start a new job.

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